The Hague, 19 October, 1953.
In receipt of Your Excellency's note of today's date we have the honour to inform you of the following:
On a basis of reciprocity the Netherlands Government are prepared to accord the customs privileges at present enjoyed by the diplomatic staff of the British Embassy at The Hague to any Consuls-General, Consuls and Vice-Consuls (not being honorary consular officers) of the United Kingdom in the Netherlands, to clerks employed in the British Embassy at The Hague, and to clerks employed on the staffs of the consular officers in question, provided, however, that only those persons shall be entitled to benefit who are not Netherlands subjects, who are not engaged in private occupation for gain in the Netherlands and who are permanent employees of their Government, or, if not permanent employees thereof, were not ordinarily resident in the Netherlands at the time of their appointment to such diplomatic or consular post, and provided also that their appointments shall have been duly notified to the Netherlands Government through the diplomatic channel with a view to the necessary steps being taken to ensure for them the special treatment which this arrangement contemplates.
We agree to the suggestion that Your Excellency's note and this reply shall be regarded as placing on record the understanding reached between the two Governments concerning the matter, and that the arrangement shall come into force on the date on which the Netherlands Government shall notify Her Britannic Majesty's Government that the required constitutional approval has been obtained.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of our highest consideration.
(sd.) J. LUNS.
(sd.) J. W. BEYEN.
Sir Nevile M. Butler,
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Her Majesty the Queen
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.